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English Dictionary: impairment by the DICT Development Group
2 results for impairment
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the occurrence of a change for the worse [syn: damage, harm, impairment]
  2. a symptom of reduced quality or strength
    Synonym(s): deterioration, impairment
  3. the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness; "reading disability"; "hearing impairment"
    Synonym(s): disability, disablement, handicap, impairment
  4. damage that results in a reduction of strength or quality
  5. the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine)
    Synonym(s): stultification, constipation, impairment, deadening
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Impairment \Im*pair"ment\, n. [OE. enpeirement, OF. empirement.]
      The state of being impaired; injury. [bd]The impairment of my
      health.[b8] --Dryden.
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